Several of the state's top underclassmen names took part in Monday's EDGYTIM.com Underclassmen Showcase powered by EFT Football at the Max Exposition Center in McCook. Here are some of the top overall performers including several new names who emerged.
The biggest story lines from this annual event?
East St. Louis sent several key underclassmen naked from it's 2019 Class 6A state title team and look for the Flyers to again have one of the state's most talented rosters for the 2020 season with talent at literally every position.
The Class of 2022 is stacked. While several Class of 2021 names stole the headlines, the overall talent level (especially in the PM session that features the skill position group) and depth of talent at this event was found in the Class of 2022.
Below are several names who made a strong impression at Monday's events.
East St Louis junior QB Tyler Macon- Macon, who led the Flyers to the Class 6A state title took part in this Monday showcase camp after spending the weekend taking part in the Next Level camp in Los Angeles. Macon on Monday was able to again show impressive touch and arm strength and Macon has all the tools to again be considered one of the top overall signal callers in the State of Illinois.
Bolingbrook junior LB Tyler McLaurin- McLaurin, who is already holding early scholarship offers from Illinois, Iowa, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska was impressive on Monday at this showcase event. McLaurin, who has added more weight and muscle so far this off season runs well, has terrific coverage skills and is a very high level athlete and a name that will continue to add several more scholarship offers this winter and spring.
St. Viator junior DT Jeremiah Pittman- Pittman, who has been a team captain for the Lions since his sophomore season had an impressive showing on Monday. Pittman, who plays on both sides of the football for St. Viator worked out at defensive tackle and had an impressive mix of speed and power along with a bevy of pass rush moves. Pittman also has the frame and length to add additional power and strength for the college level.
East St. Louis sophomore DB Ahmad Robinson- Robinson was all over the field on Monday and made it his mission to seek out the top receivers at the showcase and Robinson was able to hang with and defend the camp's top receivers. Robinson, who played last season at Cardinal Ritter has since transferred into East St. Louis and will provide the Flyers a top level defender who can make an immediate impact.
East St. Louis junior WR Dominic Lovett- Lovett spent all of the 2019 junior season just running past defenders and leading the Flyers receiver core to a state title and his performance at this event was very similar. Lovett has exceptional speed and great hands and just seems to find a way to separate exceptionally well from the opposing defender.
East St. Louis freshman OT Myles McVay- McVay, who last year made a name for himself as one of the top overall performers at this event as an 8th grader ended up being a full time starter for the Class 6A state champion Flyers. McVay was one of three standout East St. Louis freshman offensive linemen at this event (including Paris Patterson (6-foot-3, 320 pounds) and Zach Taylor (6-foot-1, 310 pounds) and all three linemen made a serious impact and impression here.
Others who made a strong impression
East St. Louis junior WR Keontez Lewis
St. Rita sophomore OT Valin Erickson
Phillips junior DB Willie Jones
Rich Central sophomore DE Derrick Parker
Kenwood junior WR Dante Reynolds
Kenwood junior DB Myles Mooyoung
Marian Catholic junior WR Justin Stallworth
Thornwood sophomore DB Saveon Brown